Genie in a bottleneck: How a supply squeeze has worked magic for TiO2

Published: Monday, 02 October 2017

As environmental inspections cut Chinese titanium dioxide output and producers elsewhere in the world fail to pick up the slack, prices for the pigment chemical have staged a surprise turnaround, William Clarke, IM Reporter, finds.

The strength of demand for titanium dioxide (TiO2), the white pigment used in a wide range of coatings, paper, plastics and inks, is considered a lagging indicator of global economic strength.

Rising wealth drives higher demand for manufactured goods and fuels construction activity, pushing pigment prices higher. But TiO2 producers have...

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